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24/06/2013 - 11:34

A news round-up of what is happening in Northern Ireland and beyond.

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BBC News: Impact of housing benefit changes "worse than feared". Read more...

Belfast Telegraph: Cows infected with TB sold for burgers. Read more...

BBC News: Care home petition taken to Stormont. Read more...

Belfast Telegraph: Mobile phone charges in EU slashed. Read more...

UTV News: Call to tackle drugs after recent deaths. Read more...

UTV News: Attenborough to receive honorary degree. Read more...

Health

BBC News: Brain tumour treatment "lags behind". Read more...

Education

BBC News: Grandparents "affect class system". Read more...

Entertainment

BBC News: Headline acts for Belfast Festival. Read more...

Technology

BBC News: Fans braced for Google Reader's demise. Read more...

BBC News: Hall of fame honour for web activist, Aaron Swartz. Read more...

Tributes

Jim Kelly, Enter the Dragon actor, dies aged 67. Read more...

Around the Web

Belfast Telegraph: Vietnamese soldier gets back amputated arm. Read more... 

BBC Viewpoint: Did our brains evolve to follow celebrities foolishly? Read more...

 

13/06/2013 - 10:04

The next run of the award-winning Advantage course is coming soon so advisers wishing to hone their professional skills for advising older people should read below.

Training is available in these subject areas:

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  • Benefits
  • State Pension
  • Health
  • Community Care
  • Housing

You can download our training brochure (PDF 423KB) and register with Rights 4 Seniors to discover information we have on-site for Professionals specifically. 

Staff from a great range of voluntary, statutory and private organisations have benefited from the course. Past participants include professionals from the Patient and Client Council, Citizen Advice Bureau, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Land and Property Services, City/District Councils and the Northern Ireland Assembly to name but a few.

Feedback for the training and reference materials has been very positive, including:

Thank you for an excellent course. It was probably the best training course I have ever taken, I found it very informative but enjoyable as well. I still refer back to my file all the time for advice. (Participant from Armagh City Council)

The course is accredited with OCNNI at level 3, although accreditation is optional. You need not do the whole course either as each module is standalone, allowing you to specialize in specific areas.

Please feel free to share this amongst colleagues and remember that interest is always brisk, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Further Information

If you would like any further information please contact us by email at training@adviceni.net or telephone 028 9064 5919.

 

01/04/2013 - 12:13

A news round-up of what is happening in Northern Ireland and beyond.

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BBC: Nurses to train in basic care, ministers say. Read more...

BBC News: MPs urge readiness over housing benefit cut risks. Read more...

BBC News: Energy prices "among highest in EU". Read more...

BBC News: NI leaders press the British Prime Minister on corporation tax. Read more...

Belfast Telegraph: David Cameron ignores Northern Ireland at his peril. Read more...

Health

BBC News: Social isolation "increases death risk in older people". Read more...

Tributes

BBC News: Motown hits producer, Deke Richards, dies aged 68. Read more...

Around the Web

Yahoo: Cancer patient is immortalised as 3D character in PC game. Read more...

BBC: What Japanese history lessons leave out. Read more...

BBC: Tilda Swinton beds down for art role. Read more...

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22/03/2013 - 12:04

A news round-up of what is happening in Northern Ireland and beyond.

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Belfast Telegraph: Snow, gales and blizzards leave misery in their wake. Read more... 

Belfast Telegraph: Cancer halted after treatment with own genetically modified cells. Read more...

Belfast Telegraph: "Boris bike" wheels its way to Belfast. Read more...

Health

BBC News: Warning over "struggling GP system". Read more...

Tributes

BBC News: Nigerian author, Chinua Achebe, has died. Read more...

Around the Web

Dinosaur-killing space rock "was a comet". Read more...

Happy birthday, Twitter. Read more...

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05/02/2013 - 11:17

A news round-up of what is happening in Northern Ireland and beyond.

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Age NI: Winter wrapped up: a guide to keeping well, warm and in touch for older people. Read more... (PDF1.24 MB)

UTV News: Horse meat found in NI cold food storage. Read more...

Belfast Telegraph: Scale of football match-fixing revealed. Read more...

Health

Belfast Telegraph: Sunshine may reduce risk of arthritis in women. Read more...

BBC News: Genetic patch may "stop deafness". Read more...

Tributes

RTÉ News: Annie Kett, Ireland's oldest person dies aged 107. Read more...

Belfast Telegraph: Troggs frontman, Reg Presley, dies aged 71. Read more...

Around the Web

BBC: Why air traffic control still needs the human touch. Read more... 

BBC: Generational theft - have young people never had it so bad? Read more...

Ingenious online CV by job seeker, Philippe Dubost

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01/02/2013 - 13:11

Claire Keatinge recently met with John McCarter from Downhill, Coleraine after becoming aware of his long-standing difficulty in getting electricity in his home.

A photograph of John McCarter, Pat Lee (Age Concern Causeway) and Commisioner Claire Keatinge Mr McCarter has lived in his Downhill home for nearly 30 years without electricity and the Commissioner found out about his problem through Pat Lee from Age Concern, Causeway, who also joined the meeting.

The Commissioner’s principal aim is to safeguard and promote the interests of older persons and she has a general power to conduct investigations she considers necessary. After meeting Mr McCarter she was concerned for his general health and welfare as he was unable to access adequate heating and lighting for his home.

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The Commissioner was aware of the work of the council and the NIE in progressing this matter but she was pleased to support their work and to help Mr McCarter. The Commissioner said "I have visited John McCarter in his home and talked through his situation with him. It is a terrible shame and damning indictment that he has had to be involved in legal proceedings for some three years to try to get his landlord to agree to and carry out the installation of electricity - a most basic utility - to his home. Without electricity, John McCarter, lives in a house which is cold, dark and in which he has been subjected to repeated and complex legal processes which have made him feel vulnerable and harassed.”

After the meeting with Mr McCarter, the Commissioner was delighted that a temporary mains electrical connection was established and she will continue to take an interest in his case until a satisfactory long term solution can be found.

On the day of the electricity installation Mr McCarter was interviewed by BBC Radio Ulster and he said, Claire Keatinge, the Commissioner for Older People is a “wonderful woman”.

01/02/2013 - 10:41

A news round-up of what is happening in Northern Ireland and beyond.

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Belfast Telegraph: £150m shopping centre plan scrapped. Read more... 

Belfast Telegraph: Civil servant who stole £55,000 reels as judge jails her. Read more...

Belfast Telegraph: Secretary of State's in Queen's speech. Read more...

Health

BBC News: Spread of hepatitis C pinpointed. Read more...

BBC News: The science of a long life. Read more...

Technology

BBC News: Online games' boss denies violence link to computer games. Read more...

Around the Web

Ingenious online CV by job seeker, Philippe Dubost

Should people be off on Fridays? Read more...

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30/01/2013 - 13:00

A news round-up of what is happening in Northern Ireland and beyond.

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Belfast Telegraph: Legendary soccer writer, Malcolm Brodie, dies. Read more...

UTV News: "NI too embarrassed to report cancer". Read more...

Belfast Telegraph: Club inferno "started by 79p flare". Read more...

Hero of the Week

Yahoo News: Jim Clements - still clocking in at 100. Read more...

Health

BBC News: Heart risk link to use of antidepressants. Read more...

Technology

BBC News: Microsoft launches new Office suite. Read more...

Sport

Yahoo News: Soccer contracts mean nothing - Jan Molby. Read more...

Arts and Entertainment

BBC News: Hilary Mantel wins Costa Book Award. Read more...

Tributes

BBC News: Roma Holocaust survivor and artist, Ceija Stojka, dies. Read more...

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28/01/2013 - 12:28

A news round-up of what is happening in Northern Ireland and beyond.

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BBC News: Stem cell "first aid" for rat stroke. Read more...

Belfast Telegraph: Self-taught photographer is architect of his own success. Read more...

Belfast Telegraph: Northern Ireland netball team goes to new heights for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Read more...

BBC News: Liam Neeson to receive freedom of Ballymena award. Read more...

History

BBC News: Puzzle of Battle of Britain hero solved. Read more...

Science and Environment

BBC News: The solace of quantum - do weird physics effects abound in nature? Read more...

BBC News: Dolphin in distress asks for help. Read more...

Technology

Yahoo News: How to pick the best tablet for you. Read more...

BBC News: The rise of over-familiar websites. Read more...

BBC News: Skype privacy called into question. Read more...

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18/01/2013 - 10:33

A news round-up of what is happening in Northern Ireland and beyond.

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BBC News: Debt Action NI service launched to help NI people in debt. Read more...

BBC News: British PM - UK could drift out of European Union. Read more...

Belfast Telegraph: Belfast needs you. Read more...

Belfast Telegraph: Lance Armstrong - My success was one big lie. Read more...

Health

BBC News: "Grief and anxiety are not mental illnesses". Read more...

Tributes

BBC: Tim Hetherington, War Photographer, his life and death. Read more...

Around the Web

BBC: Friends of peace - the legacy of the Clintons' 1995 visit. Read more... 

BBC: Swami Vivekananda, the yoga missionary. Read more...

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